Monday, October 13, 2014

Andy Smithson Book 3




Not Your Average Fantasy Series – Book Three Launches Today!

In the tradition of C.S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, author LRW Lee offers fantasy enthusiasts more than entertainment in the Andy Smithson series. Woven throughout her first two books, and with the launch of the third today, is a depth of meaning few authors today achieve. The planned seven-book series is a coming-of-age narrative of redemption about an overly ambitious prince who unscrupulously seizes the throne of the kingdom of Oomaldee from his older sister, Imogenia, plunging the land under a 500-year-old curse. As in all redemption stories, the offender, now king, is thwarted from restoring the kingdom by his own efforts and must rely on an unlikely candidate, an unextraordinary boy, Andy Smithson, to restore that which he most prizes.

For his part, Andy finds himself the chosen one to deliver this land having only his wits, experience as a gamer, a legendary sword and a magic key to rely on. Complicating his efforts, the king of Oomaldee’s northern neighbor, Abaddon, has committed to conquering the land, so in addition to breaking the curse, Andy must also overcome this evil monarch before true freedom exists.

LRW leverages symbolism extensively as she sets up tools and characters. A few examples: Andy’s sword, Methuselah (yes, think Biblical), is legendary in its dividing good and evil; the magic key unlocks (even stone statues) and reveals secrets; gold envelopes contain messages from an unknown eternal sovereign who knows the end from the beginning, and orchestrates events; purple (royal) message spheres (no beginning or end) trumpet messages from the king’s father from the afterlife, to name a few.

In keeping with traditional fantasy narratives, LRW also uses the numbers three, seven and twelve extensively. Three is considered the number of perfection, seven means security, safety and rest and twelve is the number of completion or a whole, perfect and harmonious unit.

Character names are also important in this series. Consider these: Andy, means brave or courageous. His best friend, Alden, means helper. Hannah, their female companion, means favor or grace. Others: Imogenia means blameless; Kaysan, the king, means administrator; Mermin, the wizard, is a parody on Merlin, and the list goes on.

LRW has also leverages the names of the books to imbue yet another layer of meaning, revealing Imogenia’s progress as she feeds her emotional hurt, moving from furious and venomous, to acting disgracefully, below the dignity of a royal. A tiny spoiler: as the series progresses, enthusiasts are sure to see this young woman evolve. Whether it will be for better or worse, LRW will not reveal.

If you are looking for a fantasy, adventure you and your children can sink their teeth into, I recommend LRW Lee’s Andy Smithson series. There’s far more here than meets the eye and it will give you much to ponder.


Just Released!

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy Adventure
Number of Pages: 252
Synopsis: Now twelve, Andy discovers more than he bargained for when his parents reveal his mom's past and he realizes she will die when he breaks the curse unless he intervenes.

Andy returns to Oomaldee to find its citizens on edge after many have been turned into vulture-people. Against this background, Andy and his company embark upon the next quest, to retrieve the horn of a unicorn. But not long into it, a seductive voice calls to Andy, tempting him to surrender the next ingredient in exchange for a promise to preserve his mom. Will he be able to stop the transformation of Oomaldee’s citizens? Will he jeopardize his ability to end the curse to save Mom?

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The Buzz
"Sometimes, I just let the 5 star rating speak for itself. I can add nothing more." - Wayne Walker, Home School Book Review
 
“I loved reading Disgrace of the Unicorn's Honor as much as I enjoyed the first two in the series. In Book 3, new life changing truths are revealed, Andy and friends go on high adventures, meet new characters and continue to battle evil. I was not ready for the book to end. As usual, L.R.W. Lee leaves Andy in an interesting spot and the reader longing for the story to go on. Can't wait for Book 4!”  – Maggie T. Amazon Reviewer

"A long-lasting story that is part of one of my favorite series." - Erik Weibel, This Kid Reviews Books Blog (Erik is 13)


eBook 1, Andy Smithson: Blast of the Dragon’s Fury is
FREE. Pick up a copy at Smashwords, Kobo, Google, B&N. You can also listen to the FREE podcast of Book 1 on iTunes. Book one is also available in paperback.


Book 2, Andy Smithson: Venom of the Serpent’s Cunning is available in Kindle and Paperback.

About the Author: L. R. W. Lee

L. R. W. Lee writes to teach her readers principles that can transform their lives – overcoming frustration, impatience, fear and more. She also shows why responsibility, diligence and dignity are the keys to true success in life. L. R. W. Lee lives in scenic Austin, TX with her husband, daughter and son.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Cover Reveal: CASE FILE 13

The cover that the Whitney award finalist, Author J. Scott Savage revealed to us on Tuesday was amazing, right? (Click here if you didn't get to see it!) Well, today we have cover to share with you from his other amazing YA series, Case File 13. If you haven't had the opportunity to READ THIS SERIES you should. It is one of those books that can be enjoyed by either kids or adults. For me it brought back memories of my own childhood and the kind of movies I liked to enjoy, The Monster Squad and Goonies. You'll find yourself laughing out loud and turning pages--just waiting to see what happens next. Overall these are amazing books! A wicked Halloween treat!

First, for those of you who didn't get to see his author bio on Tuesday, lets help you guys get to know the man behind the amazing books real quick!

Author Bio:

J. Scott Savage has returned after being lost in a Mexican rain forest. His office is now filled with Mayan scrolls, hieroglyphics, artifacts, and star charts. His children and children-in-law, Big Nick, Erica, Scott, Natalie, Jake, and Little Nick, look pale, and claim to be cursed. His grandchildren, Gray, Lizzie, and Jack, are heavily wrapped in mummy-like bandages. And his wife, Jennifer, has reportedly been seen glowing green and hexing the neighbors.

You can visit him on his blog jscottsavage.blogspot.com or on Twitter @jscottsavage.


Praise for Case File 13 Zombie Kid (Book 1 in the series):

An Amazon Best Book of the Month 
A Whitney Award Finalist

“Sure to please young readers looking for a thrill. It’s hard to imagine that readers (particularly boys) won’t enjoy every minute of hair-raising fun.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review.

“With its mix of creepy chills and laugh-out-loud humor, Zombie Kid is the perfect book. Nick and his friends are my new favorite people.” —James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of The Maze.



Now about the book that this absolutely AMAZING cover is for! Here is the back cover blurb:

BEWARE! This is not your ordinary back-cover blurb! 
(It may cause uncontrollable giggles and/or out right laughter.)

You hold in your hands a very sinister story.
I have searched every nook and cranny to compile the evidence in Case File 13. Now, in this book, you will find the next eerie installment in the adventures of Nick, Carter, and Angelo, three monster-obsessed boys whose harmless trip to Mexico turned into something so horrendous, so revolting— 
Wait a second, Mr. B! You’re making this whole thing sound way scarier than it really was. Maybe dial it back a notch?
But Nick, it is that scary. In this volume alone there are haunted pyramids, alien artifacts, and even a mummy with a terrible curse. 
True, but there’s also the part with the hidden treasure, and the time when Carter used his knitting needles to—
Yes, all right, you win. Now if you’ll excuse me... 
You hold in your hands a very sinister, VERY SILLY story, following the WACKY adventures of three boys whose expedition to Mexico turned into something OUT OF THIS WORLD. This is the fourth volume. Read on if you dare...


Totally hilarious right?!?!? 



You should be totally eager to take a peak at this cover now.





Are you READY?????





BAM!  
Amazing cover, right? Leave your comments for the author below!!! 

If this isn't awesome enough for you, Author J. Scott Savage ALSO set up a Rafflecopter for all of you wonderful fans! Be sure to get your name in the drawing!
Click here to join in the  Rafflecopter giveaway!
The drawing ends tonight!!!!


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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Cover Reveal: FIRE KEEP

I am absolutely thrilled to share this. I am a HUGE fan of J. Scott Savage. Not only as an author but as a person. He is really my hero. His Farworld series is special to me in more ways than one. The main reason it is about a boy who despite his disabilities, has the courage and strength to overcome his struggles in life. The message of endurance that is so delicately woven throughout the Farworld books helps me in the times that I struggle with my own disabilities. Marcus and Kyja have become friends and I can't wait to read the next book in this series. HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW COVER???? DO YOU WANT TO?

 

BEFORE we show you his AMAZING new cover, lets get to know the man behind the book a little!


Author Bio:

J. Scott Savage has returned after being lost in a Mexican rain forest. His office is now filled with Mayan scrolls, hieroglyphics, artifacts, and star charts. His children and children-in-law, Big Nick, Erica, Scott, Natalie, Jake, and Little Nick, look pale, and claim to be cursed. His grandchildren, Gray, Lizzie, and Jack, are heavily wrapped in mummy-like bandages. And his wife, Jennifer, has reportedly been seen glowing green and hexing the neighbors.

You can visit him on his blog jscottsavage.blogspot.com or on Twitter @jscottsavage.



Now for a little bit about this, the 4th book in the Farworld Series.

Back cover blurb for Fire Keep:

With no word from Kyja, the people of Farworld are beginning to face the possibility that she is truly dead, and the quest to save Farworld and Earth has failed. In an effort to find a way to bring Kyja back, Marcus goes on a quest that lands him in the most dangerous place possible--the realm of shadows.

Meanwhile, Kyja wakes up in a world of lost souls and memories. With no idea who she is, she wanders Fire Keep, home to the most quick tempered of the elementals. the other spirits around her have given up hope. But Kyja is driven by a strong sense that something is wrong and getting worse.

To recover her memories, she must face a literal trial by fire. Can Marcus survive the realm of shadows to reach Kyja? Can Kyja survive Fire Keep in time to regain her memory? Time is running out for Kyja, Marcus, and their worlds--and the Dark Circle's real plan is only now beginning to be revealed.

So, do you think you are ready for the awesomeness that is this cover?


I'm not sure you are ready...


Are you sure you can handle this?






TA-DA!!!!

Here it is!!!!! Leave your comments below for the author!

But WAIT! There is more! This isn't the only cover reveal Author J. Scott Savage is sharing with us this week! On Thursday, the cover for The Curse of the Mummy's Uncle, Book 4 of the Case File 13 series is going to be revealed!!!!

Here is the FB event page so you can stay tuned: https://www.facebook.com/events/291102321088972/

We aren't done YET!!!!! In honor of the double reveals for this week, J. Scott Savage has been generous enough to giveaway some prizes too! So be sure to get your name into the Rafflecopter, too!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This is a list of all the blogs that will be helping us to promote this super AMAZING cover! Show your support for J. Scott Savage by check them out too!



Monday, September 15, 2014

Feeling Validated as a Writer

I was recently asked on a radio interview when I knew that I had made it as a writer. I think this was a good question because so often writers seek validation for their work. My answer I gave came in two ways:

The first was an email I received from one of my readers. He explained that he had been dealing with a bully issue in school. He’d been just ignoring the taunts and basically been trying to avoid the person all together. Then he read The Dream Keeper Chronicles and saw that Kaelyn was going through a similar situation. He said his favorite part was when Kaelyn stood up for herself when she was being bullied. He said that her courage gave him courage. He never said if it solved his issue he had being bullied, but to me I felt like my book had really touched someone. That after all is why I write what I write. Some will say there’s really no money in middle-grade books, and for the most part that’s true. A few select middle-grade authors hit the big time but for the most part we are all just mid-list authors. Obviously I am not in it for the money. I am in it because I love writing books for kids and teens. They are the most impressionable and they still believe in the possibility of magic and wonder.

Drawing by Levi, 14 years old. Depicting a scene from The Dreamstone.
The second instance when I felt like a true writer just happened recently. I got an email from another reader. This time it came with some fan art. I was tickled pink when I saw it. Art has always had a close spot next to my heart. I learned to paint and draw by watching my grandmother put color on canvas. When I was little I always admired a painting my father had painted for my grandpa that hung in their living room. I loved how pictures could be stories within themselves. So of course when I got my first ever fan art from one of my books I was ecstatic. The artist, a 14 year old boy, asked me if I knew what scene he’d drawn. Of course I knew! It was one of my favorite scenes in the book. From all the things he could have drawn I think maybe it was one of his too.

I am glad I was asked that interview question. I think it wonderful to think about all the things that help you feel validated in your dreams. I have always wanted to be an author. I have always wanted the validation of a “real” publisher. When I decided to self-publish my books I kind of felt cheated of that validation. I had no one backing me in my dreams and goals, not publicly anyway. Validation comes in so many forms. Mine was two emails. Both from teen boys who had read my books and loved them. They are the ones that made me feel like a writer…a real writer.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Cover Reveal: The Dream Makers



I am thrilled to announce that the final book in The Dream Keeper Chronicles: The Dream Makers will be release November 3rd—in just 7 weeks!! This is what the new cover will look like. I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out. What do you think?


For those of you who are super anxious to get the book. It is available now as a pre-order on Amazon kindle: http://ASIN.cc/15tUpKq It will also be available for Kobo and Nook soon.

So what’s this one about?
The exciting conclusion of The Dream Keeper Chronicles.
When Mares escapes into the world of Awake, it is left to Gladamyr and his teen bonds, Parker and Kaelyn, to stop him. They must return the most evil nightmare ever to exist back to Dreams before the barrier between the two worlds crumbles and darkness reigns forever. But to do so, Parker and Kaelyn must heal broken friendships and unite an army of children who are brave enough to conquer their fears.

Did you know?
Both books 1 and 2 have been released in audiobook. Professional actor, Anthony Bianco, really brings the world of Dreams to life in his narration. I have come to fall in love with Parker, Kaelyn, and Gladamyr all over again. If you want a really fun experience reading a book, I recommend checking out the audiobooks. Available on iTunes, Amazon, and Audible.

The Dream Keeper

The Dreamstone